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"Takes care of their employees"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

MS takes care of its employees, and encourages you to move around to try different roles and teams. Benefits are great. You get a great sense of security at Microsoft.

Cons

If you want to make money, then Microsoft is not the right company. The pay is not as competitive as other well settled companies in the bay area. Sometimes you get frustrated thinking that MS is always catching up to competition.

Advice to Management

Enable more innovation and agility.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Good people, but management is hit or miss."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working from home definitely makes it easier to balance work-life, especially if you have a long commute or a family that demands much of your attention.

    Cons

    Sometimes upper management gets annoyed by the empty offices during the day, even though the work is clearly getting done. The review process can be cumbersome, and even though you may have exceeded all of your goals for the review period, you just can't expect management to rate your performance fairly. It all depends on your manager, and whether or not he/she'll stick his/her neck out for you.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, Recognize the sharp, hard-working individuals, before they go find another gig.


  2. "Lots of process, bureaucracy, and politics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable job, relatively good benefits (not as good anymore since the golden healthcare plan with no co-pay, no-anything was taken away).

    Cons

    Lots of process and bureaucracy, promotions are slow to happen if you don't play the right politics, and if you do play the politics, you have to be careful not to be on the wrong side.

    Too many PMs to the point that the devs don't use their common sense. Bad culture - the people here do not feel ownership or pride in what they build.

    Advice to Management

    Upper and middle management need to focus on creating a better culture. Yes, the products are a mess, but without culture, there is no fixing the products.

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